Astr 2100 Descriptive Astronomy
Class Schedule - Fall 2017


Introduction

The following topics are planned for the class dates during this semester. This page will be updated as the semester progresses, or if topics have to be changed to match the rate at which we progress from week to week. Chapter numbers are taken from the text "Astro" by Backman (Cengage).

PDF Files

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Class schedule

August
Date Topic Chapter Notes
August 23rd Intro & GE
Objects of the Universe
  Goals of the GE program
Some pictures of different objects which can be found in the universe
What constitutes a planet?
August 28th Scale of the Universe   Scientific notation
Definitions of Astronomical Unit (page 5), Light year (page 6)
Conversion to familiar units (miles)
Trip times
August 30th Scale of the Universe   Scientific notation
Definitions of Astronomical Unit (page 5), Light year (page 6)
Conversion to familiar units (miles)
Lecture notes for today - Trip times
September
Date Topic Chapter Notes
4th Labor Day   No class
6th Observational Astronomy Chapter 0
section 2
The Celestial Sphere
Motion of objects across the night sky at 15 degrees per hour
11th Phases of the Moon Chapter 0
section 3
13th  
18th  
20th  
25th
27th
October
Date Topic Chapter Notes
2nd  
4th